Gold Coast Possum in Roofs in Numbers
I have recently noticed a lot of cases of 3 or 4 Brushtail possums occupying the one roof sleeping in close proximity to each other.
This kind of blows the theory of them living solo in a given territory.
The most recent case was at Tallai on the Gold Coast where 4 possums were in the ceiling. 3 of them, a mum and baby and another female were sleeping within about 2 feet of each other and at the other end of the roof a male happily slept. He even looked pretty pleased with himself. (With that many females around I guess)
Unfortunately that wasn’t the last of them, downstairs there were more.
According to the people living there, just because they slept there during the day doesn’t mean they didn’t try to defend their territory at night.
From the evidence that was spot on,
- a massive crack in the gyprock ceiling where they fell off a beam inside the roof during a fight one night
- Constant episodes of fighting at the entry holes
All leads to a very restless nights sleep.
It seems that Gold Coast Possums are not the only ones who are learning to live with greater numbers inside the one roof.
Last week I saw 3 possums in a roof at Hawthorn in Brisbane and the same in a roof at Hamilton. That one had a young one in the pouch and one on her back.
The end result is that we managed to get them all out and then seal all the holes properly so they won’t get back in. Now we just have to sort out downstairs and the house is no longer “the biggest possum box I have ever seen”